The threats that the Islamic State (EI) launched against the United States in the video that showed the execution of American journalist James Foley has not stopped Washington. American planes bombed positions of the jihadists in northern Iraq, reports the BBC.
Fighters and American navy drones have also provided air cover Thursday to Iraqi and Kurdish forces, who face the Islamic State near the city of Mosul.
Since yesterday the president of the United States, Barack Obama, warned that EI is a “cancer” that must be ” removed ” with the help of the governments of the region, that is not ” extend ” for the rest of the Middle East.
As has transpired after the execution of Foley, American forces tried to rescue him and other American hostages on a secret mission in Syria in early summer authorized by Obama. During the operation, militants were killed by the Islamic State, but the US military found no hostages, as revealed yesterday the main terrorism adviser Obama, Lisa Monaco. The national security advisory team had advised Obama intervene because each passing day the lives of the hostages ran more danger, Monaco said.
The Islamic State initially demanded a ransom of 100 million euros in exchange for the release of American journalist James Foley before warning last week in an email to his family that he would die, a threat which took effect Tuesday. This was revealed in a statement to the American media Philip Balboni, GlobalPost CEO, the electronic medium for working in Syria Foley when he was kidnapped in November 2012.
The message was conveyed to the appropriate authorities. However, the response of the American government, as has been its policy in such cases was negative.
The ransom demand came in November 2013, accompanied by a proof of life, and thereafter there were “very few” messages captors, according to Balboni, ” were not very talkative ” simply formulated their ” demands.”
Finally, after a silence, on Wednesday the family received a new message. ” The message was corrosive and was full of anger against the United States. Was deadly serious,” said Balboni, stating that he threatened to execute Foley. “Obviously, we hope and pray that this does not happen unfortunately showed no mercy,” he lamented, ensuring that in your last post, which also was made to the Government, ” there was no demand.”